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October 27, 2011 | 1 minute read

Cruciferous for Cancer Prevention?

Everybody knows broccoli is a powerhouse vegetable, but how many of you know about other members of the cruciferous family that also pack a nutritional punch?

You can read about the potential health benefits of broccoli and cruciferous vegetables in your diet.

Broccoli’s cousins are Brussels sprouts, collard greens, Swiss chard, kale, bok choy, cabbage, turnips, kohlrabi and many more. You’ll learn about compounds that might help reduce cancer risk, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, anthocyanins, folate and glucosinolates.

And more broccoli news was reported showing that broccoli sprout eaters gained more benefit from eating the whole food than taking a broccoli supplement. The supplement lacked a protein naturally present in the whole food that helps convert a cancer-fighting phytochemical, glucosinolates into its biologically active compound, sulforaphane.

To help you get those whole foods into your diet, we have recipes* and a video about cooking kale.

What are your favorite ways to cook these veggies?

*Check out AICR recipes including these and more:

Warm Kale Salad

Sweet, Crunchy and Spicy, Coleslaw made Healthy

Baby Greens with Blackberry Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprout Apple Slaw with Cranberries and Walnuts

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